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How Shakespeare and Ibsen Treated their Women Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew and Ibsens A Dolls House portray women in many ways Both authors have strong feelings about women and werent afraid to express them in their writing Shakespeares views about women differed greatly with those of Ibsens Both Kate from Taming of the Shrew and Nora from A Dolls House were mistreated by the men in their lives Throughout this paper you will hear supporting details about how the two authors had contrasting ideas about the way men should treat women Throughout Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare portrayed women as objects or shrews that needed to be tamed Kate was the daughter of a wealthy man named Baptista Minolta from Padua She was the oldest sister and under tradition of the time had to be married first Bianca on the other hand was the younger daughter and was courted by many Due to Kates wild behavior the suitors were afraid of her Along came a man named Petruccio who was determined to marry her and get the money that would be given to the man who marries her Through Petruccio Shakespeare exploited women With all of the male characters changing their identities Shakespeare tried to portray the women as being ignorant and not realizing what was going on With at least two major characters changing parts to get closer to their loved ones the women seemed to be clueless Shakespeare portrayed these women as being easily tricked While it seemed like all the men were trying to suit Bianca Petruccio was taming Kate With scenes such as when Petruccio denied Kate food clothing and gifts women were further deprived of their dignity That scene showed the power of the male over the female Shakespeare also portrayed men as being superior to women by having Petruccio seem more cunning than Kate This is a way to kill a wife with kindness This
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